Open plan, 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom, roof terrace, large pool, sea & mountain views
Jack and Christine Boyd
About Jack and Christine Boyd
Owners and members on Owners Direct since 2008 As regular holiday visitors to the Greek Islands we were especially charmed by the tranquil relaxing environment that is Makrygialos, this less well known and less commercialised part of Crete. We are delighted to now offer a friendly accessible service that is strikingly different from the usual package and basic self-catering holidays. We want our guests to feel right at home and so we have designed our villas around comfort and al fresco living. On arrival it is easy to settle in with everything you need for a great holiday within easy reach, including superb beaches, friendly tavernas and lots of activities.
Jack and Christine Boyd purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Jack and Christine Boyd chose Makry Gialos
Makrygialos is a very special place, a lovely unspoiled corner of Crete. Each time we arrive it is effortless to relax into the gentle pace of life because of the friendly, hospitable welcome. Above all it's a very friendly place, with everything you need within an easy stroll. The shallow sandy bay is stunning, with plenty of secluded coves and quiet easy-to-get-to beaches all along the coast. We especially love the picturesque harbour and promenade, with its lively waterside tavernas, restaurants and cafes.
What makes this Villa unique
Villa Christina has a great location both on the Grapevines site and its proximity to the village and amenities. Everything is easily accessible and so unless you intend to do some sightseeing a hire car is unnecessary. You can stroll at a leisurely pace to the nearby beaches, shops and tavernas within 5 -10 minutes of the villas. Villa Christina gives you equal opportunity to be private or to socialise. The villas are offset from each other so you can sunbathe, dine or chill out in the privacy of your own private balconies. Or if you wish to make new friends on holiday then our pool is a great focal point for socialising. We find that friendships are easily forged and playmates for children are easily found.
Pool / Spa
smoking is only allowed on external balconies
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
A brilliantly located villa in a very family friendly complex.
Very easy to rent with excellent communication from the owners and superb service from the onsite property manager.
Many thanks for your excellent review. Delighted you had a great holiday here. KInd regards, Jack and Christine
The South East coast of Crete is lined with numerous stunning sandy beaches (blue flag), against a backdrop of impressive mountains. This area, full of natural wonders, draws you back time after time because there really is something for everyone. From sun worshippers, foodies, walkers, water activity addicts, explorers or cyclists to historical buffs or naturalists, this area caters for you all.
Villa Christina overlooks Makrygialos bay – which is the hidden gem of the south. Only 30 minutes drive eastwards from Ierapetra, along a picturesque coastline filled with secluded bays. Makrygialos village itself is framed by an impressive mountain backdrop with gorges that are easily accessible for walkers and typically lead to traditional villages offering authentic Cretan hospitality; once experienced these delights are never forgotten! With so much choice within a few minutes’ walk and a large swimming pool on Villa Christina’s doorstep, you have endless options.
Makrygialos village has many waterside tavernas, restaurants and cafes all serving delicious traditional menus. The village is lively but still unspoiled allowing you to enjoy Cretan hospitality at its best. Families find it a pleasure to while away a day on the beach enjoying the crystal clear waters, playing games, reading or listening to favourite music with a cold beer or glass of lovely local wine.
In the evenings, a plentiful choice of well appointed, family-friendly bars and restaurants, extends a casual feel to international clientèle, creating a lovely ambience. With both traditional and contemporary cuisine using the fantastic local produce, there’s more than enough choice for all.
The nearest supermarket is only 100m away, with tavernas, bars and restaurants beyond it, paving the way to the promenade and the harbour (c.10 mins walk). There are other supermarkets, bakeries, coffee shops, patisseries, shops, ATMs, a post office and two petrol stations in the village too.
We provide our “Top ten days out “ handout before you arrive so you are able to savour what is on offer locally. Once on site you can review our Guest Book for comments from other visitors but it's often just easier to ask Rosemary, Niko or other guests or locals. You won't be disappointed.
The main towns of Sitia, a 40 minute drive away over the mountains to the north, or Ierapetra, 25km west of the village along the coast, are both beautiful, full of history, alongside a beach, lively promenade and harbour areas bustling with cafes, restaurants and shops.
Both these towns have market days and are a scenic drive away or alternatively the bus stops outside the nearest supermarket and a return ticket costs around 5 Euros.
Agios Nikolaos is less than an hour away by car or bus from just outside the site. It is considered an artist's haven and is a great day out. 10km North of Agios Nikolaos is Elounda and from here Spinalonga is only a short boat trip away. Definitely recommended.
Special interest holidays:
Villa Christina is ideally situated for
• road and trail cyclists or mountain bikers
• keen walkers and bird watchers.
Pefki and Pervolakia Gorges locally, home to nesting Griffin Vultures.
Or a car trip to the Nekron Gorge (Dead Gorge) is a great walk with beach and tavernas to refresh you on your return. On the way you may see Elenora's falcons. We just had to stop the car and spend a happy 10 minutes watching them swoop overhead!
• Music lovers - the prestigious Casa dei Mezzo music festival in May/June
It is easily accessible from both of Crete's airports at Heraklion (1hr 20) and Sitia (40). Car hire is not essential as everything you need for a relaxing holiday is close at hand. Easy driving directions are available from us prior to your journey.